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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, North of Heflin, Alabama

September 1, 1997

The annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing met at Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, ten miles north of Heflin, Alabama on Monday, September 1, 1997.

The singing was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading songs on pages 36b and 155. The morning prayer was offered by Lonnie Rogers. Mary L. Smith led songs on pages 61 and 31b.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary—Mary L. Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Josephine Denney. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 168; Cecil Edwards 176b, 164; Alice Edwards 73b, 104; Milton Oliver 216, 222; Josephine Denney 100, 143; John Plunkett 229, 196; Leola Smith 68b; George Garner 47t, 212; Katherine Benefield 101t, 111t.

RECESS

Jeff Sheppard brought the class to order leading song on page 87. Leaders: Jimmie Denney 30t, 313t; Reba Norton 405, 275b; Roy Nelson 498, 128; Pauline Childers 475, 497; Bud Oliver 406, 384; Cassie Franklin 186, 208; Louis Hughes 565b, 176t; Judy Mincey 532, 540; Felton Denney 50b, 147b; Lou Cotney 189, 218.

RECESS

Cecil Edwards brought the class together leading song on page 167. Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 460 (for Kim Cagle), 225t; Edith Tate 336; Ted Mercer 332, 379; Harvey Austin 335, 108t.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 110. Leaders: Don Bowen 344, 350; Cindy Franklin 269, 327; Henry Johnson 569b, 388; Shelbie Sheppard 333, 211; Richard DeLong 385b, 434; Evelyn Harris 490, 159; Everette Denney 426t, 489b; Louise Allen 81t, 119; S. T. Reed 213 (t? b?), 289; Louise Nelson 145t; Bobby Bailey 145b, 339; Charlene Wallace 267, 283; Jacob Griffith 277, 114; Cassie Franklin 499, 358 (by special request); Dennis George 274t.

A collection of $136.38 was taken. All but $25.00, which goes for the printing of the minutes, was given to the Shoal Creek Foundation which was spearheaded by Lee Jones to preserve Shoal Creek Church.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard and Cecil Edwards led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Homer Benefield.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith.